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Today Is Worldwide Endangered Species Day
May 19, 2017

This is the third Friday of May and has been designated as Endangered Species Day.

1. Vaquita– Only 30 individuals of this rarest of marine mammal still survive. They live off the northern Gulf of California and are sometimes drowned or caught in nets by illegal fishing operations. The Mexican government is implementing a captive breeding program and have spent $100 million on their conservation.

2. Amur Leopard– Lives in northeast China and southeast Russia. Their fur grows to 3 inches. There are only about 60 of these cats left. In the leopards still existing researches have found very low genetic diversity which means this indicates inbreeding. This may have been going on for several generations and can happen even without human influence.

3. Sumatran Elephant– Nearly 70 percent of this elephant’s natural habitat has been destroyed in only one generation. They eat a wide variety of plants and deposit seed around their range which makes them play a vital role in the area’s ecosystem. Their population has dropped 80 percent in the past 25 years. The World Wildlife Fund is working with local groups to cut down on poaching and to create protected areas.

4. Hawksbill Turtle– These live in the world’s tropical oceans spending most of their time around coral reefs. They are often killed for their colorful shells and meat. Their eggs are also eaten around the world. They live for up to 50 years and weight up to 150 pounds.

5. Javan Rhino– Only 63 of these most endangered rhinoceros survive in a national park in Indonesia. Living in extremely dense jungle very little is known about their way of life. The adults only come together occasionally to mate.

6. Malayan Tiger– This beautiful tiger lives in the southern tip of Thailand and on the Malay Peninsula. Human kill the tigers because they prey on livestock and this could be one reason their population is in decline. They are also poached for a medicine made from their bones and for their meat.

7. Mountain Gorilla– Even though Dian Fossy’s research brought them international attention their are only two populations of them left. They remain in four national parks in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They live in mountain regions of 8-13,000 feet and thier long fur allows them to live in freezing temperatures. They can stand up to four feet tall and the adults weigh up to 440 pounds.

8. Saola (or Asian unicorn)– These animals are found only in the Annamite Mountains of Laos and Vietnam. Their were dubbed the unicorn nickname due to the two sharp horns that can reach 20 inches. They are cousins to antelope, goats and cattle. They were first discovered in May of 1992.

9. Cross River Gorilla– One of the world’s rarest great ape it lives in the mountains and forested hills of the Cross River on the Cameroon and Nigeria border. There is said to be only 200 to 300 of these alive. They have been displaced in large areas that was their traditional range. They seem to be fighting back by throwing branches, soil and grass at any humans that approach them.

10. Bornean Orangutan– This largest tree dwelling animal is native to the island of Borneo that is in the South Pacific. These are the slowest to breed of all mammals.

What You Should Know About Energy Drinks
May 18, 2017

Red Bull, Monster Beverage, Rockstar, Emergen C, Perrier, and Power Bar are all popular energy drinks today. Not to mention some pops. The energy drink industry produces drink mixes, canned drinks and shots for the consumer. In the year 2016 the energy drink industry showed a sales growth of 5.13 compared to the previous year. Sales are in the billions and forecasted to reach $61 Billion by 2021.

These drinks are easy to come by with distribution channels in supermarkets and convenience stores. The taste, affordable price and availability are all sited as important product attributes. Couple this with the allure of feeling more energetic for a period of time and these can be a very real option for the busy people at large. This includes students and many of these teenagers.

In May 2017 a sixteen year old teen ager in South Carolina callasped and later died after drinking a latte, a energy drink and large soft drink in a two hour span and had a cardiac event. Parents need to know this and have a dialogue with their children.

National health organizations are warning against them. It is not just the caffeine in some of these drinks but other stimulants. It is believed that energy drinks contain additives that have not been tested on teens and they should not be drinking them at all. Such legal stimulants as taurine which is an amino acid, L-carnitine which is a substance in our bodies known to turn fat into energy, and guarana that is used by runners in the Amazon. This natural ingredients as well as b vitamins and added sugar made up the ingredients of these energy drinks. The concern is that when these natural ingredients, when mixed with caffeine may enhance their effect. People need to be aware that not a lot is known about the mixture of these ingredients along with caffeine and that these can be potentially dangerous, especially when used in excess.

It is a requirement that caffeine be listed on any energy drink label. One 8 ounce cup of coffee contains about 100 milligrams of caffeine. So, for the general population of healthy adults consuming up to 400 mg of caffeine daily is not considered an adverse health risk.

Eight Herbs That Help In The Fight Against Cancer
May 15, 2017

There is a lot of misinformation about herbs, their effectiveness and side effects. Experts have proven more and more that some herbs can help in fighting cancer. When it comes to cancer we cannot have too many weapons to fight this killer. Here are several herbs that have been proven to be cancer fighters:

Ginger– Different compounds found in ginger have both tumor destroying properties and anti cancer strength. Research in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine on gingerol, shogaol, paradol and zerumbone in ginger show that these compounds may help in treating
prostate, liver, breast, colorectal, skin and gastric cancers.

Oregano-In the Journal of Medicinal Food there was information about early studies finding that the 4-terpineol in oregano is good in stilling the spread of cancers.

St. John’s Wort– This herb has proven to be great help in depression and research in an Plos One, an online medical journal, finds that hypericin, a active ingredient in the herb is highly effective in the treatment of melanoma.

Licorice– A compound found in licorice known as glabridin stops the liver cancer cells from turning on or gene expression. It is not the only compound found in this herb that is effective against cancer these help in digestive and breast cancers.

Parsley– This herb, used mostly for garnish, is also a natural cancer remedy. In the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture it says that research has shown that parsley works as a antioxidant and protects DNA from the damage that can lead to cancer as well as destroying free radicals.

Horsetail– In the Journal of Medicinal Food research finds that horsetail stops the proliferation of cancer cells. Along with mushroom chaga it was found to be effective in reducing leukemia tumors and lymphoma by 33 percent.

Plantain– This herb is found in nearly every lawn in North America. In the Journal of Ethnopharmacology research has shown that this herb suppresses the growth of cancer cells in the human body.

Milk Thistle– This herb has been found to be a great liver protector. Silymarin in milk thistle works on cancer in several ways and reduces liver cancer.

The herbs mentioned above are available in both dried, capsule or tincture forms.

7 Tips On Becoming More Organized
May 15, 2017

Becoming more organized can benefit you in many ways. It can make you happier, have less stress and actually get more sleep because your mind is not running over time thinking about all you have to get done tomorrow.

Prioritize. Write down what you need to accomplish. Then prioritize what needs to be done right away, what can wait, what is a luxury and can be used as a reward for good accomplishments.

Commit. You have to commit to getting the things you have written down done. Write down when you can get these things done. Don’t give yourself too much or you are going fail. Know your limitations.

Re-evaluate. If you have too many things going on you need to re-evaluate and see what has to be done now and commit to those. Then get the rest done. You aren’t Houdini so some things may have to wait. Be assertive. Maybe start with three things each day and work up from there. Give yourself too much to do and this is a recipe for disaster. Be realistic.

Maintain Healthy Habits. Setting up a working system is very important. To do lists, post-it notes. Whatever works for you to help you remember what you have committed to doing on a given day. Do things in a chronological order. Clean up the dishes, wipe down the counters, then sweep the floor.

Don’t Procrastinate. Just get it done. You committed to it now you need to follow through. Maybe you can set up a reward system for yourself. Get a new make-up or nail polish when you have gotten those things on your list done.

Give Things A Home. Both physical things and errands and chores both need places to be. Make storage spaces so the physical items each has a home and then remember to put them back there. This can both save you time and keep the area cleaner. Break up errands and chores or you will be too tired to enjoy the rest of your day. Get those chores done then reward yourself by getting out and running those errands and get out of the house for a while.

Declutter On A Regular Basis. Get rid of things you no longer need. If you haven’t worn an item for one season get rid of it. It doesn’t happen on it’s own. Consistent and continuous reorganizing is the key. Find some time on the schedule for reorganizing and do it. Keep only what you need.
Work hard and organizing is a breeze. Put in some effort and you will succeed. Procrastinate and it becomes a mess and before you know it it has become overwhelming. It’s never too late to start over. If it didn’t go well today try it again tomorrow, but do it differently. Do better.

8 Things To Help You Change Your Mind About Herbal Medicine
May 6, 2017

Everyone may have need for medicine in some form for one ailment or another in their life time. Herbal compounds have been proven to be safe and effective but some people still do not believe in their usefulness. Here are some things to keep in mind about herbs and the medicines they produce:

Safer-When used correctly and in the right form herbal medicines tend to have a good history of being safer than pharmaceuticals. Be sure the right part of the plant is used and the right amount for optimum effect.

More Affordable-It is good to know that natural options are available and are a lot less expensive than the drug equivalent. Everyone has a right to health and more natural options can be less expensive than lab created pharmaceuticals.

They Work-Big pharmaceutical companies are getting rich synthesizing and patenting new plant compounds. The herbal compound would be less harsh and work better than the synthetic form.

Benefits Retained in Cooking– Many of the herbs we use for cooking actually have great healing benefits. Such as rosemary and oregano. You might be pleasantly surprised at the healthful benefits attained from regularly used herbs.

Sustainable– No matter how remote a community might be there is a local natural option available. In some cases we are losing touch with ancient healing agents because drugs are taking over. In some instances the herbal form is more easily attained.

Healing Compounds– Natural herbal compounds can cause fewer side effects than those developed in the laboratory. Pharmaceuticals tend to have long lists of side effects where herbals do not.

Usage Differs– Drugs are usually used for symptoms where herbs work from the inside out. They may take longer to see improvement because the herb goes to the source of the problem first.

Using Correct Plant– Be sure you are using the correct part of the plant as well as the correct plant. Be sure you know the scientific name and which method the plant is consumed. Be sure to check a reputable website or guidebook so you are sure whether roots or leaves are best.

Depression And It’s Effect On The Body
May 4, 2017

It is said that we all feel depressed in some time and at some level during our lives. Each one of us has a different history and ability to overcome this mood change. Some experience light low moods while others have severe issues with it. There are many medications that help with individual issues. There are also other therapies that can help. But, for those who experience it for long periods they can also have biofeedback and psychiatrist therapies that can help.

For those who experience this mood disorder for long periods they may find that it also has different effects on their bodies. Below is a list of some that seem to be more prevalent:

1. Energy– The lack of energy or the desire to pursue activities is common with this disorder. The body will conserve energy and not feel like doing much only zaps the energy we do have. A little exercise such as short walks can do a lot to lift your mood.

2. Eating– Eating habits will change with our moods. We seem to either not feel like eating or we are ravenous. Having eating issues run hand in hand with depression.

3. Immune System-Not eating right or not consuming the right elements means that the immune system will be in dire need of improvement. You may experience seasonal colds and other health issues.

4. Pain– One of the symptoms of chronic depression is odd aches and pains in the body. Lower back pain can be one of them due to being more sedentary.

5. Stomach Issues– Some people with depression also have stomach issues due to anxiety and stress. Some may be more sensitive to these than others. Indigestion, heartburn or just aching are common.

6. Heart– Depression and heart attacks often happen at the same time. Not eating right and lack of exercise can mean more cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine can increase to levels that cause high blood pressure and can even cause strokes and heart attacks.

7. Sex– It is hard to feel sexy when we are depressed. This can have a bad effect on relationships. Being sure that your medications are being taken and are correct for you can mean the difference between a chemical soup that isn’t right and a relationship that works well for both parties.

8. Babies– Some women become depressed after giving birth. A combination of fear, joy, and excitement can cause postpartum depression Usually it doesn’t last longer than a couple of weeks. Getting prompt treatment can help a person be able to manage their symptoms.

Common Houseplants That Can Help To Detoxify Your Home
April 27, 2017
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All plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. With the convenience of many household products on the market today also comes the release of gases and chemicals that can be dangerous. As well as having your home testing for radon or mold it is a good idea to think about introducing some common houseplants into your decorating scheme that can help to reduce such dangers from the home.

Did you know that there are houseplants that can lift your mood, reduce allergies, reduce the change of headaches, improve sleep and even decrease your blood pressure? Chemicals are released into the air by paints, cleaning products, plastics, toilet paper, and other products you may have in the home.

By reducing the amount of chemicals in your home you can help to put a stop to many health issues. For instance Benzene is also a natural part of crude oil, gasoline, and cigarette smoke. Formaldehyde is a ingredient in nail polish. The others listed below are in household and industrial cleaners and emit toxic amounts of harmful gases and synthetic materials.

Researchers say that one houseplant is sufficient to clear the air of 100 square feet of home or office area.

Here is a list of ten common houseplants that help to rid the living area of toxic elements:

Spider Plant– Clears carbon monoxide and benzene from the home.

Snake Plant– Clears out formaldehyde which is used in nail polish.

Aloe Vera– Clears benzene and formaldehyde.

Chrysanthemums– Clears benzene.

Lady Palm– General air purifier.

Chinese Evergreen– Clears out toxins and air pollutants.

English Ivy– Clears out airborne fecal-matter particles.

Heart leaf philodendron– Clears formaldehyde and many other air pollutants.

Boston Fern– Clears out formaldehyde.

Peace Lily– Clears formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, toluene and xylene.

It is also a good idea to check and see if any other types of the plants you might bring home are poisonous. If you have pets it is a good idea to check with a local vet to be sure of any plants you have around your animals are safe.

Epsom Salts And Its Health Benefits
April 25, 2017

Many people are deficient in magnesium which is the fourth most important positively charged ion in the body and second most abundant element in the human cells. Magnesium helps the body eliminate toxic waste, muscle control, electrical impulses and many other bodily functions. This deficiency accounts for the high rates in this country of osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, joke pain and arthritis, chronic fatigue, stress related problems, and digestive issues as well as other problems.

The easiest way to give our bodies a boost of magnesium is to soak in a bath of Epsom salts.

Because of changes in diet due to agricultural changes magnesium levels have dropped by half in the last century.

Calcium depletes magnesium but yet calcium does best when enough magnesium is present. Magnesium is not absorbed well through the digestive tract. Taking a calcium supplement has been found to decrease the magnesium. Many Americans have five times the calcium in the body as they do magnesium but the proper amount should be two to one. The chemistry of stomach acid, certain drugs and foods and certain medical conditions make magnesium supplements ineffective.

Epsom salts are made up of both sulfate and magnesium and is known scientifically as hydrated magnesium sulfate. These two elements are easily absorbed through the skin and studies show increased levels when a person soaks in a bath of Epsom salts. Sulfates are important in the making of brain tissue as well as the proteins that digestive tract wall lining and joint proteins. Sulfates also stimulate the pancreas in order to generate digestive enzymes which are thought to detoxify the body of environmental contaminants. So they play an important role.

It is suggested by researchers and physicians alike that the proper levels of both magnesium and sulfates in the body can have a bolstering affect on the body and how it works. Here is a list of just a few of their benefits:

* Improves oxygen use within the body.
* Improves nerve functioning.
* Easing or preventing of migraine headaches.
* Relieves stress.
* Inflammation reduction to relieve muscle cramps and pain.

Could just a ten minute bathing in hydrated magnesium sulfates help to relieve people of pain from fibromyalgia, migraines and stress? Three of the more common ailments many people seem to have now days.

Interesting Facts About The Library of Congress

Established in 1800 the Library of Congress is in Washington, D.C. occupies three buildings on Capitol Hill. Those are the Thomas Jefferson Building (1897), the John Adams Building (1938), and the James Madison Building (1981). It took a act of congress when President John Adams signed a bill that provided for the transfer of the seat of government from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.. A fire in 1814 destroyed the then small library when British troops burned the Capitol building. Then retired President Jefferson offered his own personal library as a replacement.

It is now open to the public and includes rare books, different nationalities, a law library, collections of periodicals, serials, manuscripts and monographs. It also houses maps and sheet music as well as visual materials, computer files and materials in more that 450 languages.

In the library there are about 21 million books, 61 million manuscripts; more than 138 million items in all. It also maintains a catalog of the holdings of 700 large libraries in the United States. It also runs The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and a copyright office. It also holds the Historic American Engineering Record collection made possible by Shell Oil Company Foundation, and, Historic American Buildings records.

In 2007 The National Audio-Visual Conservation Center opened in Culpeper, Virginia.

The library is mainly funded by congressional appropriations. It also receives gifts by individuals and foundations alike. These funds are administered by the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board.

The Library of Congress is open to the public and is available every day except Sundays and holidays. Anyone the age of 16 or older can utilize the facility. They will need to register for a reader’s card and you will need to supply a photo id. Depending on your field of interest you will be directed to a reading room and there are computers where you can access the public catalog and request the books you are interested in. Then those books will be brought to you.


6 Things To Know About Starting A Business
April 19, 2017

Entrepreneurs have their rose colored glasses on sometimes when they go about starting a new business. It is good to be positive but make sound decisions. The risks are many if you are not prepared. Having a business plan is very important and keeps you focused. Here are some tips to keep in mind when first starting out:

1. Knowing your priorities. Make sure you are the expert you think you are. Be up-to-date and get some experience so you know you like what you are doing. Start with just a few products and don’t think that you can do it all right away.

2. Knowing the legal rules and regulations. Besure you know the way in which government expects you to run your business. Not knowing ahead of time what is expected of you in this regard can cause a lot of headaches down the road.

3. Remember the other aspect of the business. You need to have a presence both in real time and online. A good, workable website with all that is needed to bring in and keep customers is paramount. Don’t focus on one side of the business and let the ball drop in another area.

4. Managing your cash flow effectively. Have a plan and stand by it. Have a realistic budget. Don’t try to do too much too soon. Be prepared for frugality the first six months or so.

5. Being able to adapt. This is very important in the fresh, new business. You can’t know what your external pressures will be and so you need to be able to adapt to backward events that might come up.

6. Time Away. Always a good idea to get some time away from the draining and strain of owning and running a new business. This needs to happen periodically so you have a fresh and well focused attitude when you return.